The number of people testing positive for the Coronavirus might be increasing worldwide, but where the virus started—Wuhan, China—is decreasing.
Regional authorities in China are reporting “the fewest number of new cases of coronavirus since infections started being tracked in January,” USA Today reports.
“In the latest update from China’s National Health Commission, the country said it detected 40 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours, down from 44 new cases the previous day. China now has 80,735 total cases, among which 19,016 remain in treatment and 58,600 have been released,” the report continued.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 9, 2020
The World Health Organization reports over 70 percent of the people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have since recovered.
CBS News reports a smaller figure was offered by John Hopkins University which reports of the 110,000 people who have caught the virus “almost half — more than 62,000 — have recovered.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2020
According to the USA Today report, the number of cases in South Korea has also dropped.
These drops could signal a nearing end to the number of people infected, but that hopeful analysis does little to help ongoing quarantine efforts in nations like France and Italy—the worst-hit European country.
From the report:
- An exclusion zone in northern Italy came into effect as the number of cases there jumped to 7,375. The Italian government is shutting down its museums, which include access to the Sistine Chapel, until April 3. Italy’s quarantine order locks down 16 million people – a quarter of its population – across a large swath of its territory in the north close to Milan.
- France is banning events of more than 1,000 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus and recruiting recently retired medics and medical students to help deal with growing numbers of infections. The country reported 1,126 cases as of Sunday, up 19% from the day before. So far, 19 people in France have died.
NEW: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: "Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 9, 2020
USA Today reports several other countries around the world are considering event cancellations, quarantines, and banning international travel to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
There are more than 100,000 cases of Coronavirus around the world and more than 3,000 people have died as a result.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.